The Mali is a Hindu caste originating who worked as gardeners. They also call themselves Phul Mali, who derived their names from their occupation of growing flowers. This caste is spread through out Northern parts of India, East India, Nepal (Terai region) and Maharashtra. There are some sub-castes of Mali. They are as - Phulmali, Phule, Halade, Kacha, Kadu, Bawane, Adhprabhu, Adhasheti, Jire, Unde, Lingayat Mali), Bagwan (Muslim), Bharat Bagwan, Marar, Maral, Kosare, Gase Wanmali, Savatamali, Pachkalasi, Chowkalashi, Wadwal, Raen (Bagwan). The caste has septs (divisions of family or clan) or vargas that are exogamous. The septs are with names from villages, titles, nicknames or inanimateobjects. Mali matrimony has restrictions; a marriage between members of the same sect and between first and second cousins is forbidden. Mali Brides were engaged in childhood and wedded before maturity. The Mali followed marriage ceremony is prevalent in the locality. Widows were permitted remarriage. Traditionally, the Mali as a community is endogamous. There are exogamous gotras (clans) insisting on marriages outside one's gotra. Marriages are prearranged by elders and now adult marriages are monogamous trend. Married women can be recognized as they adorn themselves with symbols of marriage - like sindur (vermilion), bangles made of conch shell or lacquer, anklets and bor - a conical ornament on the forehead, especially in Rajasthan. A man may marry his paternal aunt's daughter or his maternal uncle's daughter. Remarriage of divorcees, widows, widowers are permitted and are performed with absolute simplicity. The bride's parents give dowry to their daughters in marriages.